Monthly Archives: May 2015
Adelaide, Australia was once a town that no one would describe as hip and fun. Now, thanks to innovative placemaking and a “what-the-heck-let’s-try-it” attitude, Adelaide is now rated by the London Sunday Times as number one on its list of the best places to live in the world.
According to an article on citiscope.org, “Adelaide’s transformation is the product of simple and inexpensive strategies for activating its public spaces.…Read More
In June, 2015, M-NCPPC staff is scheduled to begin work on a new sector plan for the area between White Flint/Pike District and the City of Rockville. The White Flint 2 Sector Plan will update a portion of the 1992 North Bethesda/Garrett Park Master Plan and will build upon the innovative vision outlined in the 2010 White Flint Sector Plan.…Read More
The Washington Post wrote about traffic myths on Sunday, and many of the myths have relevance in our beloved Pike District.
The myths are:
1. More roads = less traffic.
2. Faster roads are more efficient roads.
3. Changing lanes will get you there faster.
4. Traffic jams can happen for no reason.…Read More
With all of us making plans to ride bikes, take walks, and dine outside at a favorite restaurant’s sidewalk seating on this holiday weekend, I thought I’d cite a few healthy living factoids that you can toss around at your Memorial Day BBQ:
Twenty-five percent of Americans say that traffic makes it unsafe to walk in their neighborhoods
Nearly four in ten people –38 percent — say that their communities lack outdoor places for recreation
Fifty-four percent say shopping and entertainment are not within walking distance
Forty-eight percent say bike lanes are insufficient to make biking a practical mode of transportation
Half of Americans want to live in pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods, including sidewalks and crosswalks
One-fifth of Americans view walkability as a top priority.
Let me translate that. This post is all about the planning process for a Rapid Transit System (RTS), formerly known as Bus Rapid Transit or BRT, on Rockville Pike. Communities for Transit has helpfully compiled extensive information about RTS in Montgomery County on this website.
Why do we need a Rapid Transit System? …Read More
According to a story in Bethesda Beat, Robert Brewer, a land use attorney representing White Flint Mall’s owners, said Thursday the owners expect to receive demolition permits to take down the mall’s exterior in the next week or two. The owners plan to begin the demolition as soon as they receive the permits, according to Brewer. …Read More
It’s new, it’s stuffed full of interesting tidbits, and it’s rather pretty, too. Created by the White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee, the new PikeDistrict.org website can be your other go-to site for the Pike District. (We know you already love and often visit the Friends of White Flint site, whiteflint.org.) Check out this brand spanking new website today.…Read More
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We were thrilled to be part of Bike to Work Day! We joined lots of bicyclists and community members at the NRC pit stop. What a great way to start the day.
Here are the highlights from this week’s White Flint Implementation and Downtown Advisory Committee meetings.
White Flint Implementation Committee Meeting, Monday, May 11
1) Gables Pike District received approval for their preliminary and site plans.
2) Goddard School received approval for a pre-school on Edson Lane that will educate 165 children.…Read More